Verité  teaches freshman composition at a small community college in New Jersey. In the midst of a spate of random shootings, and a campus-wide training on violence response, a student decides to write a paper on gun control. And offers to teach her how to shoot a gun.  Directed by WTNJ Associate Artistic Director James Glossman.

Date: January 8 at 7:00 pm
Venue: Dreyfuss Theatre on the Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham Campus – Show In Map
Tickets:  Here
About Ben V. Marshall

“Playwright Benjamin V. Marshall’s piece takes on a mouthful in terms of personal history and feelings that require a decent amount of exposition. Yet in Corn Bread with Raisins and Almonds, he demonstrates an adept ability to handle emotional complexity” stated DC Theatre Scene about Source Theatre’s Production in Washington D.C. B.V. Marshall’s other plays include Buenas Smooches Piscataway, NJ, Henry’s Bridge, Boom Box, Carlos and LaVonne, A Goat on the Balcony, Galilee House, Purchasing Power, The Red Train Café, Incident at Willow Creek and Homestar. His work has been developed at the HBO New Writers Workshop, Luna Stage, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Interact Theatre, ATHE conference, The Warners International Playwrights, the Berrie Center, WBEZ Chicago public radio and the Kennedy Center.

Other honors include fellowships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, The Victor Bumbalo/ Robert Chesley Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and four playwriting fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Formerly a musician and a teacher of English in Middle Eastern countries, Ben’s poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in several literary magazines. Most recently an essay of his appears in the book What Does It Mean to be White in America. A member of the Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights Center and the Ninth Floor, Ben earned a BA from Kean University and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Massachusetts in Amherst after studying playwriting at Hunter University.

About the Soundings Reading Series

About The Soundings Reading Series

The Soundings Reading Series is designed to test fairly well-developed plays in front of an audience. Authors have five hours of rehearsal with professional actors and a director, and a public reading of the play with guided feedback from the audience.

These readings permit Writers Theatre to connect with its community of patrons and artists to:

  1. Gain audience insight into the play
  2. Continue the exposure of the audience to the creative process
  3. Give our audience experiences with diverse narrative forms.

Writers Theatre presents around 10 of these readings per year. Plays presented will be a mix of new submissions and continued relationships with writers whose work has been developed at WTNJ in the past.